PEARL ― The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is celebrating the state’s top-performing craft instructors and school for hard work and dedication to vocational education.

Recognized at the recent Mississippi Associated Builders & Contractor’s Merit Awards Banquet in Jackson were Jeremy Smith, Bryan Noble, and the Lowndes County School District Career and Technical Center.

Smith, career and technical education instructor at the Southeast Lauderdale High School Career and Technical Center, is being recognized as Mississippi’s top high school craft instructor of the year for his innovative teaching style.

Noble, a plumbing instructor in the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation’s Gulf Coast adult craft training program, is being honored as Mississippi’s adult craft instructor of the year for his impressive ability to create understanding among trainees and point them to productive and rewarding careers.

The Lowndes County School District Career and Technical Center is being honored as the best in class for its passion to equip students with the skills they need for successful occupations. Center director Susan Lingle-McClelland accepted the award.

"If Mississippi is going to have the skilled workforce that’s needed for tomorrow, we must encourage and train those workers today,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “We congratulate our winners for going above and beyond to prepare our students for career and technical professions and for ensuring that Mississippi has the resources required to support its growing construction and manufacturing industries."

The mission of the non-profit MCEF is to promote careers, recruit capable individuals and train a quality workforce for the construction industry in Mississippi. MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades.

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